carried out a comprehensive upgrade of its popular Kia cee’d, a model that has provided
the foundation for the company’s continuing success in Europe over recent
years. With more dynamic performance and Kia’s distinct style, the upgraded
cee’d offers buyers a car built to meet the exacting standards of quality and
design demanded by European buyers.
European designers have evolved the interior and exterior styling of the
current cee’d into an exciting new look, with the powertrain team developing a
wider range of engines and transmissions. The improvements include Kia’s
all-new three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine, as well as a range of new
safety, comfort and convenience upgrades. The changes apply to every model in
the cee’d range, incorporating the five-door cee’d hatchback, Sportswagon and
upgraded model will come with a new ‘GT Line’ specification, offering buyers
the sporty looks and dynamics of the GT models and the versatility of the conventional
cee’d model family. The GT Line specification is available in Ireland on two of
the three cee’d body types – five door cee’d and three-door pro_cee’d.
“Competing in the highly competitive C segment cee’d is an
extremely important part of our product mix ,second only to our best-selling
Sportage model ,commented James Brooks
,Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland .
“cee’d the first car built in our factory in Zilina Slovakia was
the first of the Kia models designed and built in Europe for European customers
and was also the first Kia in Europe with our pioneering seven year warranty
which was extended to the entire range in January 2010.
cee’d owners know well that the car is one of the best in its segment.
In fact the cee’d has emerged as the most reliable car in its class in this
year’s JD Power Survey in the UK . “
Exterior styling: a more modern appearance
The upgraded Kia cee’d inherits the bold, distinct styling of the
current model, with a series of visual modifications to modernize the car’s
At the front, the cee’d continues the look that has proven so
popular with European buyers, retaining Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille,
sleek wraparound headlamps and integrated fog lamps. Changes to the ‘face’ of
the cee’d include a more angular and wider bumper, with chrome trim around the
fog lamps, and a new oval-shaped grille mesh echoing many of the shapes and
design forms on the front of the car.
A similar change has been made to the rear of the cee’d, with reshaped
bumpers and sporty-looking reflectors adding greater volume and strength to the
car’s appearance. LED rear lamps complete the rear of the car, adding a higher
level of refinement while updating the cee’d’s night-time light signature.
Stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs are also now available across
Subtle styling upgrades to the interior and
The high quality cabin in the Kia cee’d has received a range of
minor styling upgrades to build on the simple elegance of the interior design.
The basic form of the cabin remains unchanged, but a number of subtle enhancements
bring a more modern look and feel to the interior.
For diesel variants, the upgraded interior of the cee’d offers
improved noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. Additional sound-absorbing
materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system, while twice
as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel to cut engine
vibrations intruding on the calm of the cabin. All diesel engines have also
been fitted with sound-absorbing material to the engine block, oil pan and
diesel particulate filter.
Upgraded range of Euro 6-compliant engines
includes all-new 1.0-litre T-GDI
The upgraded cee’d offers a wider choice of powertrains than
before, with all engines now compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard.
For the launch of the 2016 cee’d, Kia is introducing its all-new
1.0-litre ‘T-GDI’ (turbo gasoline direct injection) engine. This new downsized,
three-cylinder power unit has been engineered to improve fuel consumption and
emissions, while offering strong, willing performance and immediate responses
to driver input.
Kia’s new turbocharged engine, developed in-house at the company’s
Namyang R&D centre in Korea, features a high-pressure direct injection
system, advanced engine cooling and an integrated exhaust manifold for cleaner
emissions and efficient packaging. Immediate engine response and
highly-efficient combustion were cornerstones of the engine’s development,
fulfilling Kia’s sustainable engine downsizing strategy.
This is the first of Kia’s upcoming range of downsized engines to
make its debut in Europe,. Here in Ireland Kia are offering the higher powered
1.0-litre T-GDI produces 120 ps and the same 172 Nm torque. The maximum engine
torque is available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, making it an incredibly flexible
engine under all driving conditions. Pending homologation later this year, both
100 ps and 120 ps are expected to deliver the lowest CO2 emissions
of any gasoline-engined cee’d to date.
The diesel cee’d continues to be the most popular choice for Irish
buyers , and the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine has also been upgraded for its
application in the new model. A new high-pressure injection system and
continuously-controlled variable oil pump reduce friction losses in the engine,
with the lower powered 110 ps version available across both the standard cee’d and
new GT Line range. CO2 emissions fall to 102 g/km, or just 94 g/km
when fitted with Kia ISG (Idle Stop/Go).
Available with both the enhanced cee’d range and the new GT Line
variant, the higher powered 1.6 CRDi engine now produces 136 ps (up from 128
ps), and 285 Nm torque (improved from 265 Nm). With the small increase in
performance, the engine’s full torque is now available from just 1,500 (down
from 1,900, when equipped with a manual transmission), resulting in more
effortless acceleration under all conditions.
All-new seven-speed double-clutch
cee’d features a second new technology debut for Kia, with the arrival of the
brand’s all-new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT), available exclusively
on models equipped with the higher powered 136 ps 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine.
Kia’s new DCT is capable of handling the higher torque outputs of the modified
engine fitted to the upgraded cee’d, with a higher capacity than the six-speed
torque-converter automatic transmission it replaces.
the new 1.0-litre T-GDI power unit, Kia’s new DCT has also been developed
in-house and has been engineered with low fuel consumption and a sporty driving
feel when in manual mode, and with comfort and smoothness when left in
specifying the new DCT will benefit from faster gear changes than a traditional
automatic transmission, as well as lower running costs. When equipped with the
new DCT, the 1.6-litre CRDi engine emits just 109 g/km carbon dioxide, compared
to the 145 g/km recorded by the earlier engine and six-speed automatic
new DCT brings considerable tax savings to Irish drivers with road tax down
from €390 to €200 .The retail price of the car is also down €500 from it’s 6
speed successor .
Improved ride comfort, handling, NVH
Engineers have made a number of modifications to the suspension
and chassis of the upgraded cee’d in order to improve ride comfort and handling,
endowing the car with more dynamic performance.
The principal enhancement to the upgraded cee’d is the addition of
a new torque vectoring system, which reduces understeer by partially applying
the brake to the inner wheel under cornering. The motor-driven power steering
system now results in more linear and predictable steering inputs, while
changes to front wheel geometry have improved on-centre steering feel. Finally,
new stoppers on the rear strut mount insulators and new outer ball joint on the
rear stabiliser bar help to improve ride comfort on poor surfaces by minimising
vibrations through the suspension.
The NVH characteristics of the suspension in the upgraded cee’d
have also been improved slightly, with the adoption of a hollow stabiliser bar,
replacing the previous solid stabiliser, to reduce road noise.
GT Line Models on Sale in November
The upgraded Kia cee’d is currently on sale in Kia dealers in
Ireland with GT Line ,one litre and DCT models arriving in showrooms in Ireland
next month ( November).
GT Line /1.0GDi/DCT Models in Ireland
5dr TX 1.0GDi
GT Line 5 Dr 1.0 GDi
GT Line pro_cee’d
5dr EX 1.6 D DCT